Trust Development Among Bloggers

Trust Development among Bloggers
In approaching blogging for the first time, I was less than keen to step straight into open dialogue regarding my personal life, my views or indeed my interests. I am a keen Facebook user, which should suggest I would be open to the idea of blogging, but having used it for almost four years I have had the time to grow comfortable with Facebook. This is due, in part, to its stringent privacy settings meaning I am confident that how I use Facebook is at my discretion and with people that I know only. Successful blogging, I originally assumed, involved the necessity to share a part of oneself with the reader in order to add ‘value’. This posed a potential barrier for me until I became aware of Twitter, a site just entering the media eye that was becoming the subject of much discussion. Twitter is a micro-blogging site allowing for a maximum of only 140 characters per post. This appealed to me as a blogging site choice as the restriction of characters represented a chance to avoid more personal blogging.

This essay will discuss the definition of trust, particularly in its online capacity, and its development among bloggers within the Twitter community in order to help understand the way bloggers interact both with each other and the site. To understand the differences in how trust is achieved in an online environment, comparisons will be drawn with the building of trust in a collocated environment. Then, specifically concentrating on the factors which theoretically promote trust online, this essay will use my personal experiences to explore the facilitation of trust within the Twitter community. Through personal reflection I will critically evaluate my blogging experience given my lack of desire to share personal information and considering this, try to understand the challenges involved in successful blogging.

Twitter enables its users to send and read other users' updates known as tweets. Updates are...